Tickets for WEC 44, which will feature WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown defending his title against streaking top contender Jose Aldo, go on sale this week. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 18 at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
A two-day newsletter pre-sale started earlier today at 1 PM ET. To access this presale, users must register for the WEC newsletter through the organization’s official website. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 22 at 3 PM ET.
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.
“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.
Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]
— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]
Mike Brown. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
In a previously rumored bout, Mike Brown will defend his WEC featherweight championship against streaking top contender Jose Aldo in the main event of WEC 44: “Brown vs. Aldo” on November 18 at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced the matchup today. The event is being held on a Wednesday instead of the WEC’s usual Sunday slot in order to separate the event from UFC 106, which will take place the following Saturday.
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Former WEC featherweight title challenger Leonard Garcia could return to action at WEC 44, a yet-to-be-announced event slated for November 18 in Las Vegas, against “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Manny Gamburyan.
The news comes from Sherdog.com, which reports that the two fighters have verbally agreed to the bout. WEC 44 is expected to be headlined by Mike Brown defending his WEC featherweight title against rising top contender Jose Aldo.
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— UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will reportedly undergo elbow surgery that will keep him out of action for the remainder of the year. Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, recently announced that his client would be taking a break from active competition after fighting twice already this year. Details regarding the extent of the injury and how it was suffered remain unknown at this time. [Twitter.com]
— Recently criticized Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will make a much-awaited return to MMA action at Golden Glory 11 on October 17 in Amsterdam. An opponent for Overeem has not yet been named. Overeem’s training partners, Siyar Bahadurzada and Dion Staring, will also be on the card, which is to feature a mix of MMA and boxing bouts. [Fighters.com]
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WEC lightweight contender Ben Henderson has suffered an injury forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming WEC interim lightweight title fight with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
According to MMAWeekly.com, WEC 43, which was slated for September 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, has now been pushed back to October 10 and will likely move to a new venue. Despite the date and venue change, the fight card is expected to remain intact.
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that Cole Province tested positive for Methasterone metabolite folowing his bout with Fredson Paixao at WEC 42, which took place on Aug. 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to MMAWeekly.com, Methasterone is a “designer steroid” taken orally that is similar to Drostanolone, the steroid that both Hermes Franca and Josh Barnett tested positive for in California.
Brian Bowles def. Miguel Torres - KO (Punches)
Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez - Decision (Unanimous)
Danny Castillo def. Ricardo Lamas - TKO (Punches)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Curran - Decision (Split)\
Leonard Garcia def. Jameel Massouh - Decision (Split)
Cole Province def. Fredson Paixao - Decision (Unanimous)
Shane Roller def. Marcus Hicks - Decision (Unanimous)
Ed Ratcliff def. Phil Cardella - Decision (Unanimous)
Rani Yahya def. John Hosman - Submission (North-South Choke)
Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias - Decision (Unanimous)
L.C. Davis def. Javier Vazquez - Decision (Split)
Mark Hominick. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Canadian featherweight Mark “The Machine” Hominick’s second run with World Extreme Cagefighting will begin September 2 when he takes on Deividas Taurosevicius at WEC 43 in Youngstown, Ohio.
According to Sherdog.com, Muhsin Corbbrey will also be appearing on the card in a lightweight affair with Anthony Njokuani.